I teach several courses each year for Foothill College. It is a great college with a great Chancellor who is now moving on to an even more challenging job. She has a lot of community college experience, which I am sure she will apply to her new position. so, keep your fingers crossed - let's hope she gets confirmed.
--- On Wed, 4/1/09, Jon O'Bergh <oberghjon@...> wrote:
From: Jon O'Bergh <oberghjon@...>
Subject: Message from Chancellor Kanter: Nomination for Under Secretary of Education
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 4:33 PM
April 1, 2009
Dear Faculty, Staff and Administrators,
This morning U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that I will be recommended to the U.S. Senate for confirmation as the next under secretary of education. I was bound to confidentiality until the White House made the news public and it's been a challenging few weeks. I do not know how quickly or slowly the confirmation phase will run, but I will let you know as soon as I can.
If I am confirmed, I will work to assure a smooth transition for Foothill-De Anza. I have a profound and abiding respect for all that you do to educate the thousands of students who deserve the knowledge and skills to live a good, productive and rewarding life and contribute their best to the American dream. Every day for the past 16 years, since I first met mathematics instructor Rupi Sekhon walking on campus and introduced myself to him as the new president of De Anza College in 1993, I have loved our work together. I could not imagine more fulfilling work for myself, for you and, most importantly, for our students.
I know times are tough and we all have to make some sacrifices to get through the next few years. We've been fortunate for the most part. We've been able to grow, learn and do our jobs to the best of our collective abilities. As I told my mother last week when she was worried because her financial reserves were declining, "we are so fortunate to have a roof over our heads." The same is true for us. We have jobs, we have significant work to do, and we have a roof over our heads. Isn't it wonderful that our community passed two local bonds for our colleges and the roofs in our classrooms don't leak anymore?
As my situation unfolds over the next few weeks, I will keep you informed. In the meantime, I will be working with our board and college community to prepare a transition plan. We would seek an interim chancellor and search for a permanent replacement if I receive Senate confirmation. If not (remember things can and do go wrong and we all need to be ready for the unexpected turn of events in our lives), then I remain solely committed to being your chancellor. However, the opportunity to serve our country and open doors for thousands more students is one I must take on if our president asks - and he has asked. Let me conclude this email by sharing with you The White House announcement that was released a half hour ago and an excerpt from a speech by U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan that identifies two core problems we have dedicated ourselves to address. God Bless America and each of you!
cc: Board of Trustees
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2009
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals for key administration posts: Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary of Education; Krysta Harden, Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations, United States Department of Agriculture; and Stephen A. Owens, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances, Environmental Protection Agency.
President Obama said, "The decision of these talented individuals to serve their country is admirable. Their commitment and expertise make them valuable additions to my administration, and I look forward to working with them."
President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals today:
Martha J. Kanter, Nominee for Under Secretary of Education
Martha J. Kanter currently serves as Chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the country, serving more than 44,000 students. Prior to her tenure at De Anza College, Kanter served as Vice President of Instruction and Student Services at San Jose City College where she formerly worked as a teacher and created the school's first program for students with learning disabilities. Kanter also served as a Director, Dean and subsequently Vice Chancellor for Policy and Research of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office in Sacramento. Kanter earned her bachelor's degree from Brandeis University, a master's in education from Harvard University and a doctorate in organization and leadership from the University of San Francisco. Kanter has taught across the country and currently serves as National Chair of the
Community College Advisory Panel of The College Board.
Krysta Harden, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations, United States Department of Agriculture
Krysta Harden joined the National Association of Conservation Districts as Chief Executive Officer in March 2004. Operating from NACD headquarters in Washington, D.C., she was responsible for the association's policy development and member services programs and coordinated strategic planning, budget formulation and related business operations. Harden previously served as the senior vice president of Gordley Associates, a Washington, D.C. consulting firm. In that capacity, she worked with a variety of commodity organizations, most notably the American Soybean Association. Her major areas of responsibility included conservation, environmental and energy issues. Prior to working for Gordley, Harden served in various positions on Capitol Hill for 12 years. While on the Hill, Harden served as a professional staff member for the House Agriculture Committee and as chief of staff for former House member Charles Hatcher of Georgia. Harden holds a Bachelor
of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia.
Stephen A. Owens, Nominee for Assistant Administrator for the Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances, Environmental Protection Agency
Steve Owens served as Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality from January 2003 and until January 2009, making him the longest serving Director in ADEQ's history. Steve graduated with honors from Brown University in 1978 and received his law degree in 1981 from Vanderbilt Law School, where he was Editor in Chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review. >From 1982-84, Owens served as counsel to the
Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology. During 1985-88, he was chief counsel and later state director for then U.S. Senator Al Gore. >From 1999-2002 Owens served as a member of the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation. As ADEQ Director, Owens chaired Arizona's Climate Change Advisory Group, served as co-chair of the Western Climate Initiative and was Secretary of The Climate Registry. Among other key concerns, Owens made children's environmental health a top priority for ADEQ and established an Office of Children's Environmental Health at the department. In September 2008, Owens was elected President of the Environmental Council of the States, the national state environmental agency directors association, serving until he left ADEQ.
From U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's March 10, 2009 testimony before the House Committee on Budget:
"The President believes strongly that one key for both individual and national success in the global economy is a college education. This is why he has set a national goal of ensuring that America is number one in the percentage of citizens holding college degrees. Today roughly 40 percent of 25-34 year-old Americans hold college degrees, and we want to raise that to 60 percent.
To reach this goal we have to overcome two core problems: Too many young people are unprepared for college and too many others cannot afford it."
Assistant to the Chancellor
Foothill-De Anza Community College District
Los Altos Hills, California - (650) 949-6106
email: oberghjon@... [No apostrophe]
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